This might include massage: more specific names for the techniques we use include soft tissue release, myofascial release, mobilisations with movement, trigger point release and manipulation.
This can be a useful addition to manual therapy: Ultrasound and interferential as well as electroacupuncture are all available.
This is a fabulous treatment option but also the one treatment that patients are most apprehensive about and rightly so – the thought of loads of needles being stuck in you as you lie there is not a pleasant one – but be assured its actually incredibly gentle and the benefits you will receive will amaze you.
The needles are 0.20mm in diameter meaning that they are so small they rarely draw blood when removed. You will feel a tiny pricking sensation as the needle is inserted…this is done by gently tapping the needle out of the sterile tube it is encased in. Once the needle is inserted a dull ache is all that you will feel.This ache indicates that the needle is in the right ( effective) position and will be left in situ (there) for approximately 20 minutes.
What does it do?
Whilst this is the oldest form of treatment known to man the evidence of what it actually does is still being unearthed however, the research so far
Scientific Research shows that the insertion of an acupuncture needle induces the brain to release the body’s natural pain relievers and healing chemicals/enzymes/hormones/electrolytes u as physio’s we also try to encourage with manual therapy.
The points that are used in traditional acupuncture are a combination of local (near the point of pain/discomfort) and distal ( area away from the point of pain). The distal points are believed to encourage energy to flow through the body as well as to generally reduce pain or inflammation.